The Transportation Security Administration will be offering a quicker and gentler pre-check at some airports, for a price. An $85 fee will allow some travelers a small taste of the good old days when you just had to show up on time to catch your plane.
Hate taking your shoes off at the airport? The TSA hears your pain. The agency today announced it will expand its expedited screening program to 60 new airports by the end of the year, bringing the total number up to 100. TSA Precheck allows passengers who have been pre-approved to keep on their shoes and belt, not remove their jackets, keep their laptops inside their cases, and not have to remove select liquids and gels from their bags. In other words, besides the line, they can avoid most of the hassles of going through an airport security checkpoint. …
Later this year, the TSA said it will allow other U.S. citizens to apply for 5-year enrollment online after submitting fingerprints and paying an $85 fee.
My question is when will the scum-bag idiot jackasses at TSA acquire the ability to determine that a uniformed airline crew member who comes to the screening area is indeed the person that their crew ID badge says they are and treat them like a “trusted” traveler instead of like a known Islamic terrorist. These pathetic power-tripping thugs have consistently harassed and bullied uniformed crew members who will then go and take the controls of the large jet aircraft loaded with fuel and passengers, but the terminally retarded morons of TSA insist that they should not board a plane with a fingernail clipper, or a small pair of scissors, or other such travel necessities of the professional traveler. This is worse than individual stupidity and incompetence. It is institutionalized insanity.